Crazy! The friend I speak of is Maurtanian (I believe this what you meant). Though he has played/given me some less than impressive r&b and funk from Mauritania for me, I have a CD of some this that I'm totally going to upload. I've just read e-mail from him, he is in Egypt at the present time.
I work in the hospitals Department of Epidemiology, so we often have visitors from Africa (most obviously) bringing their cultural strangeness to Nebraska.
You strike me as the type who would enjoy traveling to remote parts of the world.